On Rag Radio, author and musician Jesse Sublett discusses his latest book, "1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital," which tells the story of the Timmy Overton Gang and the Dixie Mafia in '60s Austin. Published by History Press in March 2015, 1960s Austin Gangsters has received high praise, was the number one seller in Austin early in April, and, within a month of its release, has completely sold out its first printing. Jesse also performs two songs on the show.
A prolific writer, Jesse also played a historic role in the Austin music scene, founding the seminal 1970s punk band, The Skunks, which, according to music journalist Margaret Moser, "put Austin on the rock n' roll map." Jesse's other books include "Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey's Texas Bank War," his murder-and-cancer memoir, "Never the Same Again," and crime novels like "Rock Critic Murders" and "Grave Digger Blues."
John Kelso of the Austin American-Statesman wrote that "Austin Gangsters," reminds us that Austin, the number one cool city in the nation, "wasn't always this civilized... [as] Sublett tells us in the harrowing story of the Overton Gang, a ragtag band of poor misfits who robbed small town banks, ran prostitution rings, hired crooked lawyers, were in cahoots with disreputable used car dealers, would knock your lights out and were tough to catch. They led the Austin Police Department on a merry chase."
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 57:01.